|By Greg Kocher, Lexington Herald-Leader|
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During the early 1980s,
He served 18 years on the
"He was proud of his roots," Webb said. "He did great things for the university. He was a big supporter of the university. ... He'll be missed."
"He really impressed me," Drake said. "He was a member of the coal industry looking beyond the next pay day. He was looking at the long-term problems of being able to use coal in an environmentally acceptable manner, and was very interested in the advanced technologies we were working on to gasify coal, liquefy coal, and those kinds of things.
"He was very progressive. He had the vision to understand that there was more than just digging it up and throwing it in a boiler. In the long run, we were going to have to develop advanced techniques to keep coal viable."
A native of
When the Herald-Leader did a series of stories on Caudill's life and legacy in 2012-13,
However, in a 1988 interview for the
"We would come to
And in a 1983 interview with the Herald-Leader, a reporter asked
He answered: "That worries me. It's not my nature to be as indifferent or as gruff as I'm sometimes viewed to be. I'm a rather sensitive person who cares a lot about people and cares about the kind of society that we have, and who has tried to participate throughout the years. Take the
He returned to the coal business the next year and over the next eight years he would develop
His business interests extended beyond coal. He was a former chairman of the board of
He served on corporate boards, including the boards of
He also served on other boards and commissions, including
During the late 1950s,
His wife of 61 years,
A memorial service will be at
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